Concussion Conundrum

I’ve built a device that essentially records the impact or dangerous moves that an athlete’s head is exposed to during impact sports like rugby or American football. The device detects movement and informs coaches when an athlete is involved in a concussion causing injury. The device is worn on the head and stores information on the device.

What inspired you to create your project?

I’ve had family friends who have suffered from concussions over the years, one in particular was a 12 year old neighbour who I baby sit. He suffered a concussion while playing rugby and was severely impacted. He wasn’t able to go to school for a while and couldn’t do simple things like walk up stairs. He also suffered from frequent headaches. My device will alert people when they’ve suffered an impact, so that they stop playing and potentially making the injury worse.


Are you the first tech inventor in your family?



Who influences your tech/innovation?

I mainly undertook this project by myself, but tech teacher supported me and my parents kept me on track.


What are your plans for next year after finishing high school?

Planning on studying engineering at Auckland University. I’m not sure what my major will be though, because I like all areas of science and how they work together.


What is your dream job?

I’d like to work in research and development, trying to solve real world issues with tech and science. I’d like to create an impact.


What is the best thing about ASB Bright Sparks to you?

I was able to discover a new passion for electronics, spoke to specialists cause of it, opened my eyes up to the opportunities to NZ


Would you enter ASB Bright Sparks again?

Yeah would I recommend to other people. 

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Posted by Rose on 16 Oct 2017 11:50 AM

Posted by Judi Lindfield on 16 Oct 2017 12:01 PM

Posted by Dylan Townsend on 16 Oct 2017 12:03 PM

Posted by Michelle Harvey on 16 Oct 2017 12:11 PM

A project worthy of this award which contributes to the advances in medical research on the effects of brain injury. The benefits of such research is both social and economic to individuals, their families and New Zealand long-term.

Dylan Townsend is a worthy candidate for the ASB Bright Sparks 2017 Awards.

Posted by Melanie Kindley on 16 Oct 2017 1:46 PM

An innovative solution to a real-world issue that is presented by (the fun and challenge of) contact sport. Exciting to think that this technology could be worn in head gear, in the same fashion that athletes are currently monitored via GPS. Really proud that you are taking positive action towards helping to reduce national and global incidences of traumatic head injuries - awesome work, Dylan!

Posted by Wyn Morris on 16 Oct 2017 2:21 PM

You"ve definitely got my vote Dylan. Well done! Great contribution to the society. Best wishes and hope you win and make mum and everyone proud :)

Posted by Mike Morgan on 16 Oct 2017 8:38 PM

Fantastic initiative in our sports loving nation.

Posted by Priscilla Naidoo on 16 Oct 2017 9:24 PM

This is an awesome, cutting edge innovation Dylan. Providing real time data, this device would definitely serve as a valuable tool for diagnosing concussions in athletes. So very proud of your contribution to this ever increasing risk to athletes. You most definitely deserve this ward!

Posted by Priscilla Naidoo on 16 Oct 2017 9:31 PM

This is an awesome, cutting edge innovation Dylan. Providing real time data, this device would definitely serve as a valuable tool in diagnosing concussion in athletes. So very proud of your contribution that may potentially eliminate what has become an ever increasing risk to athletes of contact sports. You most certainly deserve this award!

Posted by Melinda Levesque on 16 Oct 2017 9:37 PM

Awesome as Dylan. What a great device which we certainly need in our sports mad country. This could help so much to save great players from developing major and life changing injuries from not stopping playing soon enough to allow for recovery from head impacts. Amazing insight ?

Posted by Dylan Townsend on 16 Oct 2017 9:50 PM

Great piece of tech.

Posted by Jenny Lim on 16 Oct 2017 9:51 PM

Very impressive! Awesome work Dylan.

Posted by M Carpenter on 16 Oct 2017 9:51 PM

Great work Dylan....where will this lead to?

Posted by Adrian on 17 Oct 2017 3:12 AM

Posted by Robyn Wills on 17 Oct 2017 6:31 AM

Wow! Great to see a young man looking at lessening the impact (excuse the pun) of head knocks in contact sport. NZ"s culture of contact sports has meant that concussions have come to the forefront - you can see this in the number of HI assessments that have occurred in recent times in our top level rugby matches. Being able to wear it in head gear and get real time data may save a number of players from long term injury. Awesome work Dylan!!

Posted by Rajesh Joshi on 17 Oct 2017 8:42 AM

Every life is precious and your device will save lives which is brilliant! I am sure your innovation will be acknowledged and used widely. Wish you the best!!

Posted by Rajesh Joshi on 17 Oct 2017 10:02 AM

Every life is precious. Your innovation will save lives, which is brilliant. I am sure your device will be acknowledged and used across the broad spectrum of sports fields.

Wish you success in your venture!

Posted by Mrs U.Singh on 17 Oct 2017 11:13 AM

Awesome innovation Dylan!

Posted by Losh on 17 Oct 2017 12:17 PM

Great idea! proud to see teens your age to come up with projects like this keep up the good work!

Posted by Vernon Rubanand on 17 Oct 2017 12:42 PM

Awesome innovation Dylan!

Posted by Vernon Rubanand on 17 Oct 2017 12:45 PM

Awesome innovation Dylan!

Posted by Raj Sharma on 17 Oct 2017 2:38 PM

An excellent research topic Dylan. 2 of my sons play rugby and I am very aware of concussion and I am sure like all parents hope it doesn"t happen to them. With your invention it will help diagnose concussion earlier so preventing issues further down the track. I wish you all the best and hope you do create a devise small enough so it can be used in actual games, with help of ASB Bright Sparks 2017 Awards.

Posted by Subash Chandar K on 17 Oct 2017 9:10 PM

Good luck mate, this is an awesome idea.

Posted by Madhu Narayan on 18 Oct 2017 8:51 AM

Well done, Dylan. My son suffered a head concussion & he is still suffering from headaches at times. He missed school for the first few weeks and whenever he does sports, he gets headaches afterwards. I hope your device can help others. Good luck

Posted by Seetha Singh on 18 Oct 2017 9:22 AM

What a marvellous idea Dylan!

I love the idea that the device will send an alert to people that have suffered an impact encouraging them not to make the injury worse.
Instead of finding a cure for a serious injury, you have produced a preventive measure. How awesome is that.

Proud to be your Physics teacher.

Dylan Townsend is my choice for the ASB Bright Sparks 2017 Awards.

Posted by S Lal on 26 Oct 2017 2:45 PM

Good authentic idea.

Posted by Wiaam AL Salihi on 27 Oct 2017 11:03 AM

Very Proud of you, it will a very useful project and I wish you all the best

Posted by Brendan Austin on 27 Oct 2017 11:52 AM

Fantastic idea Dylan! A major issue that we are facing today in the sport and something that needs to be taken seriously.